Category: Everything

If it’s not in science, tech, entertainment or books you’ll find it here. Unlike many of my salaried colleagues on a single beat, one of the pleasures of being a freelancer is that I can write about anything I like (as long as I can get an editor to agree to buy it).

And for someone for whom knowledge only prompts the thirst for more knowledge in more areas, it’s given me the chance to look at how hotdesking is a thing again, the forgotten history of Australia’s pulp fiction market, a couple of fearless South African photographers and their hair-raising images of Great White Sharks on the hunt and the longstanding theory that Batman/Bruce Wayne is obviously gay.

The Global Local

We’re not causing this, the Internet is. Do you really think you deserve a secure 20-year career in data entry? I’d suggest you go back to school! … Continue readingThe Global Local

Wanted: The Aussie Larrikin

“The larrikin is never far away from the way Australians think about themselves,” says Macquarie’s Anthony Lambert. “You might also argue we’re so distant from such images – in the cities at least – we can laugh at them as lesser forms of ourselves. I have a feeling it’s a little of both.” … Continue readingWanted: The Aussie Larrikin

Spirits on the Rocks

Australia has a comparatively smaller academic community, much of whose resources are geared towards business and industry. After reading records and calling several university faculties around the country and particularly in Sydney itself, it appears there’s never been a detailed study of haunted sites in The Rocks by scientists. … Continue readingSpirits on the Rocks

World’s Best Pizza

Though easy to scoff that it’s only in America you’d find an industry lobby group for pizza chefs and pizzeria owners, awards from the Pizza Expo are world-renowned and not to be sniffed at. … Continue readingWorld’s Best Pizza

Knowledge is Power

Apple’s Final Cut Studio 2 is a good example, packed with video editing, motion graphics, audio, colour grading, encoding and DVD tools for $1,698 (tools that would have costs hundreds of thousands of dollars in the analogue era). … Continue readingKnowledge is Power

The Roo Row

It seems that more Australians are now considering the benefits of kangaroo meat. A spokesman for Coles supermarkets says sales of kangaroo meat have grown in “double digits” over the past 18 months. Why? “There’s a perception that it’s healthy and it’s priced competitively.” … Continue readingThe Roo Row

True Blue

The result was the Mature Media Group, a well known name among porn fans in the late 80s and early 90s, and Lark made over 20 films in Canberra with cheesy Australian themes, launching local starlets like Alice Springs and Kelly Blue. … Continue readingTrue Blue

Global is the New Local

But while concentrating rule might be bad for civics it’s good for business, which benefits from smoother, more efficient operating systems. That was the rationale behind the Multinational Agreement on Investment (MIA), stonewalled by France in 1998 after leaked drafts stoked fears about deregulation gone mad. … Continue readingGlobal is the New Local

Route With a View

Model, graphic designer and mountain biker Gudex fronts the Cape to Cape event thanks to her highly regarded profile in the sport and her winsome curves (which have graced the pages of magazines across the country), both of which helped make the ride bearable. … Continue readingRoute With a View

Stuck in the Middle

If the above are among your benchmarks, you might end up disappointed according to a recent flood of books warning us away from The Chase. It’s a cliché that human nature is to always want more (food, power, etc) — according to zoology and behavioural science it was hardwired into us millions of years ago. … Continue readingStuck in the Middle